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Trendy restaurants pop up all the time in Orlando and once I hear about it I’m there front and center with my mouth hanging wide open screaming – “FEED ME!” For a few months now I’ve been hearing about a new Japanese BBQ spot, called Gyu Kaku, a place over on the popular Orlando strip called Restaurant Row, which is in Dr. Philipps, a road that is surrounded by awesome delicious eatery. Among those are popular O-town favs Rocco’s Tacos and sushi restaurant Dragonfly.

Gyu-Kaku

7858 Turkey Lake Road #100

Orlando, FL 32819

(407) 613 – 5056

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After a good hour of searching for the best fishing pole at Bass Pro Shop on International Drive, Gary and I decide to drive 15 minutes away to this restaurant that everyone’s talking about. My good friend Iris had already been there quite a few times and raved about how awesome their happy hour was. Why not since we were in the neighborhood!?

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So we took a chance at going and it was an awesome experience. We headed there at 1pm because I thought Happy Hour ended at 3pm but it’s actually Monday all Day, and Everyday from open to 5pm and 9pm to Close. You might think that’s too good to be true and they only have limited selections but it was a perfect size. One of the meal lunch combos was pick 2 BBQ items for $10.95 and it comes with rice and soup. Honestly, that was enough for me! They do have one that’s a 3 BBQ item combo but thats $14.95, for any of those guys and their protein kick.

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photo by gyu-kaku.com

The idea is super cute, with the Japanese Decor and the bbq pits right in the center of the tables in your own wood screened both. It was intimate and fun, a rekindling of Gary and I’s single days when we used to have date nights at Kobe Japanese Steakhouse. This meal was different though because you get to cook yourself which builds a fun atmosphere that can be experienced among friends and family as well. I definitely will  go back for double dates with my hubby.

I’ve had the garlic shrimp, pork belly, and of course, the Horumon Intestines, which was super yummy. If that doesn’t sound appealing try Yaki-Shabu Beef Miso or a taste of the  Garlic New York Steak. Unfortunately, not as much of a choice for Vegans but there are their assorted vegetables such as Mushrooms and Asparagus.

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I’d say, for a fun date idea I definitely recommend this place, just for the personal bbqing and large a la carte menu. Also, if you aren’t enjoying your Tinder date, at least you have an excuse to play with your food. Gyu Kaku was fun but I need a list of new places to eat. Comment below to shout out some other Orlando eats.

 

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This August is going to Save the Day,While you Sleep, no-really! Ending the summer on a good note doesn’t include making it alive from festival season. With dry ends in sight, it’s time to relieve your hair with Bumble and Bumble’s new deep conditioning and leave in treatment. Heading to bed makes it so much easier.

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Just recently, the New York based hair brand, Bumble and Bumble, discontinued their famous Quenching Masque, for a product that’s more client friendly. Now a days, life takes over and the last thing you want to think about is heading into the shower and waiting 20 minutes from your conditioning mask to work. If you’re like me, who’s also trying to hold their life together, the last thing I want to do is wash my hair, put on my treatment, and then blowdry all before bed. I come home late, I’m tired, I just want to head to bed, just like everyone else.

Introducing “While You Sleep”

If you’re familiar with the Bb Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre Shampoo Masque, you  would know how incredibly easy this is. Just like this Masque, “While You Sleep” Overnight Damage Repair Masque, was invented to be the cure for all the lazies out there, like me, who find every excuse not to do a deep conditioner. I feel so guilty saying that when I’m the stylist trying to convince my clients to do one at least once a month, and that’s a stretch.

Used for every hair type, this quick application leaves you with nourished ends, repairs damage, as well as decreases breakage and makes the hair look feel healthy, all rapidly changing your hair overnight.  For anyone who has unnourished dry hair, this may be the treatment for you.

Directions

To apply, I’d suggest for shoulder length medium density hair to try 1/2 a Tablespoon in your hands and rake through the mid shaft of your hair and comb through. For deep nourishment leave on overnight, then shampoo and condition. For a quickie, leave on for 20 minutes for a fast boost of antioxidants, then continue to shampoo and condition.

When the launch kit fell on our laps at the salon, many of us tested it on our own hair and dramatically, rave reviews hit the salon floor. Many of the stylists agreeing that within just one night, their fried ends have become this silky touchable texture. Truly incredible to know how fast it’s changed their texture.

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Buddy System with “Save the Day”

Within this line there are two products, one being While you Sleep, and it’s sister, “Save the Day” Day to Night Repair. Wake up to the AM by following up your treatment with some essential oils. Rich in antioxidants, this light weight repair fluid, is multi beneficial, replenishing the nutrients in your hair while calming frizz while protecting it from heat and UV damage.

Directions

The morning after shampooing and conditioning out Bb While You Sleep, follow up with towel dried hair, a pump of Save the Day. I recommend for fine short hair to start with half a pump. Work it through the mids of your hair to the end, not to concentrate any product straight on your roots. Then comb through then air-dry or blow-dry.

Ultra lightweight, the oil completely melts into the hair leaving you with healthy looking hair that feels good as well.

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Ca-mel-lia (noun) Oil

Originated in China, this oil is extracted from the seed of the plant “Camellia Oleifera,” and is also known as “tea seed oil,” not to be confused for “tea tree oil.” Besides the multiple holistic properties that this oil has, among them to help joint inflammation, blood pressure, and cholesterol, for cosmetic uses it helps to restore and rejuvenate the hair.

Within the technology that Bumble has designed, along with Camellia Oil and Omega 6 fatty acids, Save the Day and While you Sleep, help repair  your split ends.

Hands Down

When I heard about Save the Day and While you Sleep, it almost seemed too good to be true. I mean the idea of a quick conditioner applied before bed and to wake up like Sleeping Beauty, really puts in  perspective “I woke up like this.” After the first use of using it, you instantly feel the difference of fresh beautiful ends. I definitely recommend to take the challenge, especially for you hard working gals, here’s anotha’ one to help keep you sleep good at night. Night night;)

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G I V E A W A Y

 For anyone who missed it, the beginning of the month I introduced my

ReLaunch ReLax Giveaway.

To add to the hype I’m also squeezing in a sample size version of Save the Day and While you Sleep. Follow the link below to find out how to enter before September 2nd when I announce the winner of this amazing good bag. Why wouldn’t you?

Click to find out how to Enter

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Last year I had the honor to head out to NYC again on behalf of J Bauman Salon to take an advanced styling class at the Bumble and Bumble University. A long awaited dream of mine since I was first introduced to the Bumble culture. I learned so much in just a short period of time. I really feel as if I gained a whole new eye to visualizing my map on styling for shoots, or even in the salon. Continue to read about my experience in the big apple at BBU.

“Drink in all type of culture – architecture, art, cinema, photography, literature.

The best hairdressers are a cultural sponge.”

Laurent Philippon

Bb. Global Artistic Director

 

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Watching episodes of the City, Kell on Earth, and one of my fav movies, the Devil Wears Prada, has given me the vision of what I’d like to think living in New York City would be. Arriving here and heading down the Meat Packing District, walking through the aged old bricks that so many of my talented mentors have walked through before, has given me the power to hone in on their gifts. Each step getting me closer to the school’s elevator, that leads to different levels of the school, such as the library, salon floor, and the auditorium, among other levels of Bumble.

Walking in was a nice spread of food for the am. Of course all organic and healthy, this was prepared for all the days, along with a nice filling lunch as well. Among the excitement of about 15 stylists with me, who also have traveled as far as the west coast, there was our 3 educators who were very much humble and welcoming, which created a calming atmosphere. It was almost like egos were left at the door and walls were down, all for the mission to recreate the foundations of style that we thought we knew so well.

my trip to the bumble and bumble university

Day 1 : Meet and Greet / Ponytails & Chignons

The first day was fun. Getting to know each other, getting tours of the facility, and a brief history of how Bumble began, really put it in perspective of why I was so drawn to their culture. We sat in this large auditorium, that was like you would see in a college setting. Slideshows of   vintage pictures were compared to recent editorial fashion shoots done by Bumble, that prove that old techniques and styles were still being practiced today. With these techniques comes the tools of the trade, which go hand in hand with what the stylist knows and what we use, such as products that do what they mean to do.

With classes, we always start in the auditorium, talking about the plans for the day, checking out slides for referencing on the style we were doing, demonstration, and then up to the top floor to meet our live models, along with a mini photoshoot in the back, to take home for your personal portfolios. When you have time check their rooftop out it is a gorgeous view.

Coming from Styling I Class, we reviewed the importance of 2 main blowdries, the flat brush and the round brush. Both showing that blowdrying the hair’s direction helps to create that seamless look.

Now you may think pony tails are easy, but it literally took me an hour to pull a sleek pony together. That’s with not washing the hair, and breaking down the hair with products. Every move that was wrong, my teachers made it known, taking it down and starting over was another routine within these classes. They drilled me for every tiny frizz, movement, hand positioning, twist, to get pure perfection. There was no mercy, and I loved it. I wanted to work with the best and to train with their eye.

After learning the ponytail we transitioned to the chignon, which was my favorite time in the class because to put a look together for the first time so polished really made it click in my head that I can do this, and not always having to fall on soft romantic undone upos.

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Day 2 : Double French Twists

Not one but TWO! In my whole career this was the hardest updo I’ve ever done. I thought learning it in hair school was enough, and here it is, front and center, in my face like a haunting memory, and now I have to do 2 on one head! It was like teasing 101 all over again, but of course, it’s the house of Bumble, so let’s throw this do up like it’s an episode of Iron Chef. With much help from my educator, I learned the right way to tease the hair, to build a strong foundation for the pins to lay. Using my mirror as a a guide to check on my silhouette, balance is key when stitching this double french twist together.

In the end I’ve created a masterpiece that looked like it was from the pages of Vogue, not to toot my own horn, but it looked pretty dang good.

Day 3 : Graduation / Prove Yourself

For our last day in the classroom it was very bitter sweet. My classmates and I have gone through a bonding experience of breakthroughs and breakdowns, all with our mentors by our side. This day was graduation day where we went back up stairs for our final hairstyle of our choice. I came here to challenge myself so for my final updo I chose the Double French Twist. Taking my time, I wanted to relish in the moment of having these top stylists here with me,who’ve worked plenty of time on NYC Fashion Week, as well as numerous Editorial shoots. For my final review, they gave me an individual talk of what my strengths and weaknesses are, all critique thats been so helpful to build my skills.

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Goodbye BBU

The Bumble and Bumble University was an amazing experience. For anyone thinking about going, just do it. I originally chose this class to be qualified to try out for the fashion week Bumble team, because you need to pass Product Knowledge, Styling I & II to audition. Since the trip, my styling has grown to a whole other level. Everyone notices how much more detailed I am, especially feeling more confident in executing more polished chic styles. Also, I absolutely love “Does it All” hairspray. A light hold hairspray that we used on all our live models. It was perfect for laying down frizz, hold as well as flexible styling, with ought flakiness. If you enjoy styling, and would like to hone in on your foundations as stylists, please check it out.

my trip to the bumble and bumble university

Click on this link below to head to the Bumble and Bumble Network Site so that you can find out the details on how you can be apart of the action.

network.bumbeandbumble.com

 

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